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May 4th

Local and Regional Events:

May 4, 1964:

A tornado touched down southwest of Kadoka causing $25,000 in damage.


Local Climate Information:

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U.S.A and Global Events for May 4th:

1774: Snow was reported in the Williamsburg Gazette to have fallen in Dumfries, Virginia. George Washington's weather diary logged at Mount Vernon that it was a cold day with spits of snow and a hard wind from the northwest. Thomas Jefferson near Charlottesville recorded that the Blue Ridge Mountains was covered with snow. The late snow and frost killed most of the fruit crop in the northern part of the state. It also snowed north across Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.


1922: The first of two tornadoes that formed over Austin, Texas was called the "western cloud." It was more visible, but caused much less damage than the "eastern cloud."


The image above is courtesy of the Austin Public Library. This storm produced the only major tornado in Austin's history. The tornadoes on May 4th killed 13 and injured 44 others.

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This tornado was seen from the rooftop on downtown Congress Avenue. "Visible in the foreground are: the Queen Theater at 700 Congress Avenue, the Walter Tips Building at 708-710-712 Congress Avenue, and the F. W. Woolworth & Company at 800-802 Congress Avenue. The side of the Paramount Theater is also visible." The image is courtesy of the Portal to Texas History.


2003: The week of May 4th through the 10th was one of the busiest weeks for tornadoes in U.S. history. On this date through the 5th, the deadliest outbreak of severe weather since May 1999 produced 84 tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds across eight states. Several thunderstorms became tornadic with a total of five distinct tornado touchdowns in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Two of the tornadoes received a rating of F4, two a rating of F2, and the last was rated an F1. Total damage exceeded 144 million dollars. Several of the tornadoes tracked long distances ranging from 15 to 80 miles. More than 3000 homes and businesses were destroyed. At least 38 people were killed in Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee. 


2007: A devastating EF5 twister demolishes nearly every structure in Greensburg around 9:30 pm (CDT) and kills ten. The mammoth wedge tornado cuts a swath 1.7 miles (2.7 km) wide and 22 miles (35 km) long across the Kansas landscape. It is the worst single tornado to touch down in the US in eight years.


Greensburg, Kansas on May 16, 2007. The center of town twelve days after an F5 tornado hit it with 200 mph winds. Debris removal is moving at a record pace, but reconstruction will likely take years. The Photo is courtesy of Greg Henshall from FEMA.


Click HERE for more This Day in Weather History from the Southeast Regional Climate Center.